Half Double Crochet in the Third Loop

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The Ups and Downs Slouchy Beanie uses a variety of stitches, and one of them is the half double crochet, worked into the “third loop.” Where is this mysterious loop? Well, let me show you! Here’s how to crochet in the third loop of the half double crochet!

Learn how to #crochet in the third loop of the half double crochet stitch - a Moogly video tutorial!Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links.

How to Crochet into the Third Loop of the Half Double Crochet

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As you have seen in the video, there are actually two “third” loops in a half double crochet stitch. There are the two main loops – the V on the top of each stitch – referred to as the front loop and back loop respectively. But that yarn over that happens before you insert the hook into the next stitch creates a third loop on each side of the stitch. And that’s the fun of crochet – so many places you can stick your hook to create a whole new look!

Learn how to #crochet in the third loop of the half double crochet stitch - a Moogly video tutorial!

By crocheting into the third loop that is in the back, while crocheting in the round, you push the top V (the front and back loops) forward.

Learn how to #crochet in the third loop of the half double crochet stitch - a Moogly video tutorial!

This can create a fabric that looks a lot like knitting! At least on the outside, or right side of the fabric.

Learn how to #crochet in the third loop of the half double crochet stitch - a Moogly video tutorial!

The third loop that’s in the front of the top V can by used to create this knit look fabric while working in rows – just switch between the front and back third loops. It still results in a fabric with a right side and wrong side, but the Vs will be pointing in different directions.

Alternately, you work this third loop in rows as demonstrated on My Hobby is Crochet – her tutorial shows how to use this third loop to in rows to make fabric where the Vs all point the same direction! She’s also got a great tip for the joining when working in the round!

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  1. 1

    Merryn says

    This is awesome, thank you! Is there a full video tutorial for the Ups & Downs beanie? I think it’s great and want to make one, but I’m still kind of somewhat new to anything other than Granny Squares and I’m a little confused by the written pattern at the moment.

    Thanks for all you do!

    • 2

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thank you Merryn! Not currently, though I believe all the stitches now have video tutorials linked within the pattern!

  2. 3

    Lin says

    I love your tutorials and projects.
    Everyone that’s tells me they want to learn I tell them to follow you. Thanks

  3. 9

    C says

    Is this the same as the Camel Stitch? Or maybe that is only when it is done with single crochet? Thanks–this is a timely tip for me!

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    Beth says

    I’ve been crocheting forever but I’ve never tried this stitch, never heard of it but I love the look & I want to use it soon. Thanks for the video

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    Helen says

    Loved yr video on the third loop half double crochet in back loop – wud u hv one for the front loop (third loop) – yr videos r easy to understand so wud like to follow yr video on the front loop (third loop). I enjoy yr videos b/c they r easy to understand – whenever I hv a problem I go to yr videos to find help. Luv yr designs & patterns as well. Tk u for sharing them & yr talent. I also mention to everyone about yr website & videos. Tks again for any help u can give me. I find videos easier to learn the stitches instead of diagrams.

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    Helen says

    It’s me again. I shud hv mentioned that I did notice that u had a bit on th video for the front loop but it wasn’t enough 4 me to see. Wud u be able to make one for the front loop like u did the back loop. Many tks. Enjoy yr site & videos as mentioned earlier.

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    craftycrochetmama says

    Love these UPS and downs patterns. Thank you so much! Can you tell me where to join when working in the 3rd loop hdc? Do you join in a different place when transitioning back to regular hdc? Thanks again!

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    DellaRose Reimche says

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I love the look of this variation and will be using it in my next project. I also love, LOVE your wooden crochet hook, where did you get it? I’ve looked online and not found anything quite like it. TIA

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    Thank you so much for the email reply. However I kept reading the written instructions and finally got it. But the video was also a great help to tighten the braids and help them look neater. also, the additional vertical braids video section was a good new technique also. So thank you again.

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    SANDY says

    I have made 2 absolutely beautiful hats with pompoms for my granddaughter using this stitch. it works up so fast once you get the rhythm and the fabric that is creates is unique.

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    Marny CA says

    Love love love this tutorial and the 3rd Loop.

    It always fascinates me to learn a new anything – because creativity by others is astounding!

    Thank you for sharing so much of yourself.


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